The U.S. News & World Report Wednesday listed Colorado Springs as the fifth best place to live in the United States.

The magazine ranked the country’s 100 largest metro areas based on affordability, employment opportunities and quality of life. Denver was listed the best place to live in the country with an overall score of 7.8 out of 10.

Colorado Springs received an overall score of 7.4 out of 10. For the Springs, the categories and their rankings were: desirability, 10; value, 7.6; job market, 6.7; quality of life, 6.5; and net migration, 7.

U.S. News surveyed thousands of people in the country and included its rankings on best high schools and best hospitals, according to a news release sent by the magazine.

U.S. News considered unemployment rates, crime rates, income figures, cost of living, quality and availability of health care, commute time and population migration as part of the criteria for the rankings.

Colorado Springs freelance writer Peter Fecteau wrote the online article on Colorado Springs.

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“Colorado Springs might not jump off the map as an economic or cultural hub the way larger cities like Denver do,” he wrote. “But in a quieter, gentler way, Colorado Springs has much to offer, including a low cost of living, a low unemployment rate and a variety of recreation and entertainment options.”



  1. I like living in the Pikes Peak region because I always wanted to live in the mountains. Colorado Springs is much too conservative, much too dependent upon the federal government and does far too much to discourage the industries that interest me. I look forward to the day when CS has the leadership and the vision to offer innovation that truly stimulates small business activity and sustainable growth that benefits the entire region.

  2. The “value” index counts for 25 percent, based on how comfortably residents can live within their means, comparing median household incomes with the cost of living.

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